BEREA, Ohio—The Browns cannot stay out of the news.
Quarterback Johnny Manziel entered into treatment for unspecified reasons on Wednesday, the team announced.
The Browns released a statement shortly after a story appeared on Cleveland.com concerning Manziel entering a treatment facility.
A friend and advisor to Manziel and his family has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday.
"Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason,” Brad Beckworth said in the statement released by the team. “On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”
GM Ray Farmer, who was supportive of Manziel at an end of the season press conference also made a statement.
"We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process,” Farmer said. “Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns.
“We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player,” he said. “Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same."
Manziel’s activities during the off-season and through the season have been chronicled regularly on social media.